BONUS EPISODE: Last Minute Holiday Recommendations

Did you leave all of your holiday shopping for the last minute? Fear not! Drunk Booksellers are here for you. We asked our coworkers and other rad bookseller folk to give you a quick holiday rec. Some recommendations are a little more… drunk than others. Enjoy!

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Check out our show notes, below.


Bitches in Bookshops

Our theme music, Bitches in Bookshops, comes to us with permission from Annabelle Quezada. Kim tried to sing it at karaoke the other night, but the bar didn’t have the original Jay-Z & Kanye West song.

Originally posted by kanyeiwest

  Introduction   [0:30]

In Which Kim & Emma Give Their Holiday Picks

Emma’s drinking an unidentified white wine that she stole from the WORD holiday party. Kim’s drinking Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA.

Emma recommends Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Kim recommends Lumberjanes To the Max Edition Vol 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis and Brooke A Allen


Emma recommends Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean


Kim recommends The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose by Richard Betts, Crystal English Sacca, and Wendy MacNaughton

  Chapter I   [9:27]

Annie, Greenlight BookstoreA Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Ashanti, WORD Bookstores – Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles & Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery by Richard Barnett

Brendan, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyJohn Barleycorn by Jack London

Bryce, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyWritten on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

Emily, New York Public Library Gift ShopHammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina Maclaughlin

Eric, The Elliott Bay Book Company – The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Chapter II   [14:51]

Erica, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyFind a Way by Diana Nyad

Geo, Greenlight BookstoreDust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz

Hannah Depp, Politics & Prose BookstoreLafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell & Hamilton: An American Musical

Hilary, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyThe Sleeper & The Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Holly, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyUnder the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Chapter III   [20:35]

Julia, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyThe Princess & The Pony by Kate Beaton

Justus, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyFox & The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Katelyn, WORD BookstoresMorte by Robert Repino

Kerry, WORD BookstoresThe Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

Liberty Hardy, Book RiotCrooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Sam, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyThe Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Sarah, Village BooksThe Marvels by Brian Selznick

Tracy, The Elliott Bay Book CompanyCircling the Sun by Paula McLain

Epilogue   [26:33]

In Which You Can Request a Guest for Drunk Booksellers 2016

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Happy holidays, y’all.

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